Jedi Mind Tricks: How to Get Through the Workweek

by FI Fighter on April 18, 2014

in Career

Mindtrick

http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Mind_trick

When you first discover early financial independence, it has a way of drastically altering your mindset. I kind of liken it to taking the red pill and being unplugged from The Matrix. You start seeing things [click to continue…]

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There’s Much More to Life Than…

by FI Fighter on April 16, 2014

in Thoughts

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There’s much more to life than money. The person who agrees most with this statement will spend their early years OBSESSING over money every chance they get. Cut back on [click to continue…]

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Investing Isn’t Very Exciting… At First

by FI Fighter on April 15, 2014

in Thoughts

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In my last article, I wrote about how the journey to early financial independence involves a lot more effort than most realize. Having energy, motivation, and big dreams is great for getting started, but it won’t be enough to get you to the finish line. The reality is, [click to continue…]

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2014 marks my seventh year working as a professional engineer. It seems like only yesterday, but it’s been over 10 years since I first started the journey to becoming an engineer.

It was Fall 2003. I had just graduated high school and was attending community college. I had screwed up [click to continue…]

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Last year, around June timeframe, I decided to stop funding my 401k. Since I’ve been working full-time in industry, I have always made a conscious effort to contribute [click to continue…]

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When I purchased my first rental property in 2012, I didn’t know how to read a pro forma statement. I had never even heard of terms like Cash-On-Cash Return, or Net Operating Income. When I really stop to think about it, I didn’t even know how to [click to continue…]

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A common question I get asked from readers is: “Is investing in a real estate investment trust (REIT) a suitable alternative to buying rental property?” On the surface, it would appear that the two types [click to continue…]

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I met up with my local real estate agent on Thursday night to discuss future plans. As most everyone is well aware, the housing market has continued to [click to continue…]

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Vanilla Reload: The Party’s Over!?!

by FI Fighter on April 4, 2014

in Travel Hacking

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Vanilla Reloads… A travel hacker’s dream product. We had an awesome run while it lasted, but like most things in life that are too good to be true, there eventually comes an end. Effective [click to continue…]

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March 2014 Cash Flow Statement

by FI Fighter on April 3, 2014

in Cash Flow

Leverage

Alright, another month and another cash flow report. Rental Property #5 closed in mid-February so I was able to complete my first full month of ownership in March. Adding more income streams to the mix is always fun, and I was very [click to continue…]

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